Mission to Seafarers at Yarmouth festival

Yarmouth maritime stall 350CFThe Great Yarmouth Maritime festival took place on the South Quay on September 10 and 11, and the Mission to Seafarers was there to serve refreshments and provide some fun.

 
The Mission, which is based at the Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre, had a stall in the crafts tent, right, selling various goods of maritime interest, but also included sand art and their newest acquisition, the Buzz Wire game.  The game is played like the 1970s kids game, Operation, with contestants trying to negotiate the letters GYS without touching the wire and getting a buzz.
 
There was also a 'guess the weight of the cake' competition.  The cake was made and expertly decorated by volunteer, Sammy.

Tea, coffee, and cakes were also being served in a friendly relaxed environment at the Seafarers Centre, further along the South Quay.  
 
Yarmouth maritime mayor 600CFYarmouth Mayor, Councillor Michael Bird is pictured trying his hand at Buzzwire, right.
 
The festival got off to the traditional start with the sound of canon-fire and the Sea Cadets band
 
Prominent vessels moored along the quay included:

  • Earl of Pembroke, a 44m long schooner from 1945, which has been in more than a dozen films and TV series including Hornblower and Treasure Island,
  • Esvagt Njord, a support vessel which will transport maintenance crew to the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off Cromer,
  • Regal Lady, built in Fellowes Yard at Yarmouth in 1935, which served in the Dunkirk fleet of Little Ships and ran pleasure trips around the Broads rivers and coast before moving to Scarborough in 1987,
  • Lydia Eva, the last steam drifter built at King’s Lynn, which worked out of Yarmouth until her last haul in 1938, now restored as a living museum of the herring fishery,
  • Laura Moncur, a restored former 1960 RNLI Buckie and reserve fleet lifeboat which saved 47 lives,
  • Leila, 12m cutter rigged leisure boat from 1892, now used for youth sail training,
  • Albatros, 18m tug and ice breaker seized for war duty by the Germans in 1940,
  • RV Belgica, a 51m research vessel from Zeebrugge manned by a Belgian Navy crew,
  • Samarbeta, the current Great Yarmouth and Gorleston all-weather RNLI lifeboat whose name is Swedish for working together,
  • MTB102, a 1937 motor torpedo boat which saw war action mainly in the English Channel and starred in the 1976 film The Eagle Has Landed,
  • Anna TX37, a two-masted schooner from Oostende built in 1937, used as a fishing boat until 1977 and now a charter sailing ship.

There was also a jet ski display team, the DJR Freestyle riders, street entertainment, shanty singing, the East Coast Militia battle scene re-enactment and musket fire from the eve of Waterloo, vintage mobile cinema, heritage walks, model boat display, illustrated talks, children’s activities, craft marquee, RSPB marquees, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Punch and Judy, exhibitions: knitting, knot making, art, pottery, gansey making, spinning, lace-making, crafts, boat building, fisheries, marine conservation, and charity stalls.
 
For more information about the Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre, click here.
 
This story is courtesy of  http://www.networkyarmouth.co.uk/



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